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Research Spotlight

What’s interesting about children with normal 20/20 visual acuity? That was one of the hot topics at the ARVO Annual Meeting last year and it also received the ARVO Publication Grant this year. The buzzword is “meridional anisotropies” which is the scientific term that describes the biases in neural sensitivities between different orientations, such as in the case of astigmatism. 

Keratoconus (KC) is a relatively common disease of the cornea, the clear curved part at the front of the eye needed for good vision. KC leads to loss of corneal transparency, thinning and shape changes that affect vision and quality of life. Why the cornea degenerates in KC is complex but involves environmental and genetic factors. To help identify candidate genes critical in KC we analysed global gene expression. Two novel genes (Notch1 and PLLP) were decreased in KC - these genes affect the normal way corneal cells grow and migrate, and signal to each other. We will now study the function of these genes in human corneas to assess their r...